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post #1 of 14
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Hi , a friend of mine gave me some Go Cat (purina) Dry food complete (UK) .my cats loved it but i'm not sure its a very good quality food , your thoughts please , whats whiskers dry food complete like ? i have five cats and am looking for a middle of the road quality dry food , I still give wet food twice a day but wood like to go down to once in the evening or if i can bring myself round to it only dry , poos can be a bit soft and i know dry will help !!! but as my husband said to me this morning " you've been saying you are going to dry only for about a year !!!! " they do seem to enjoy the wet and i would feel mean taking it away !!! but they do enjoy this go cat dry but is it good enough to go solo on it !!!!!!
look forward to your replys
julia
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by julia1111 View Post
Hi , a friend of mine gave me some Go Cat Dry food complete .my cats loved it but i'm not sure its a very good quality food , your thoughts please , whats whiskers dry food complete like ? i have five cats and am looking for a middle of the road quality dry food , I still give wet food twice a day but wood like to go down to once in the evening or if i can bring myself round to it only dry , poos can be a bit soft and i know dry will help !!! but as my husband said to me this morning " you've been saying you are going to dry only for about a year !!!! " they do seem to enjoy the wet and i would feel mean taking it away !!! but they do enjoy this go cat dry but is it good enough to go solo on it !!!!!!
look forward to your replys
julia
i've never heard of this brand.
if you're looking for a good quality, relatively inexpensive dry, i'd recommend the chicken soup brand. it's about $20 for a 18 pound bag, & fairly high quality, especially for the price.
post #3 of 14
Welcome to TCS Julia!

I've never heard of Go Cat food before. Perhaps it is called Go! Natural? If it is Go! Natural, that is mid-quality food. As for Whiskas, I have two words for you: complete crap. I can't explain it any other way. Whiskas is the bottom of the chain, as far as quality goes. It doesn't have an ounce of meat. It's just by-products, corn and what not put under a fancy, well known name. A good quality food that is cheap is Chicken Soup For The Cat Lover's Soul. Yes, it is a cat food. Corny name, I know. You can buy it at some feed stores or order it online. It's very cost efficient, even less than some of lesser quality foods like Purina, etc. You can order it from petfooddirect.com.

Good luck!
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for you replys but i am uk and we dont have the chicken one your talking about , also the webbsite is in America so any other thoughts ???? Go cat is by purina but i dont think its one of the better quality ones not sure !! are you talking about purina one ??
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by julia1111 View Post
Thanks for you replys but i am uk and we dont have the chicken one your talking about , also the webbsite is in America so any other thoughts ???? Go cat is by purina but i dont think its one of the better quality ones not sure !! are you talking about purina one ??
the link i posted shows the ingredient list. really, if you find a food with a similar ingredient list, it'll be just as good. look for meat proteins as the first ingredients, meat meals are ok, by-products are not as good, digest is icky. too many grains, especially corn, is not good. look at this list:
Chicken, Salmon, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, whole grain white rice, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, turkey, duck, flaxseed, egg product, natural chicken flavor, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, kelp, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
versus this list:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Turkey By-Product Meal, Caramel Color, Calcium Carbonate, dl- Methionine, Taurine, Trace Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), White Fish Meal, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Folic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6]), Red 3, Ethoxyquin (A Preservative).

the first is for the chicken soup brand, the second is whiskas. you can see the difference. just read the labels on the ones that are available to you locally & pick the best one you can find for the price you can afford.
post #6 of 14
From what I have read on here ... Jame wellbeloved , Royal canin, Nutro , Sergentii are good ones you should be able to find..
post #7 of 14
If you're in the UK there are better dry foods you can get than Go Cat and Whiskas. My personal favourite, and what I feed my cats, is James Wellbeloved which is available from most pet shops, inc pets at home. You can get free samples from their website http://www.wellbeloved.co.uk/ Hi life is another good dry food which you can get in pet shops and in supermarkets. Pets at home have a good selection of middle range dry foods, eg royal canin, hills etc. most of which are better than Go Cat and Whiskas, imo. Read the ingredients list on the back and look out for a low percentage of grain and a high percentage meat.

If they enjoy wet food too I wouldn't attempt to reduce that. Wet food is a good way of getting water into cats and approximates the water content they'd find in prey, whereas dry food is only about 10% water so even if they drink additional water many cats on dry food are dehydrated. This is a good article explaining why cats need wet food.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...needcannedfood
post #8 of 14
I personally wouldn't feed GoCat (although we have had some donated, so it is being mixed with good quality stuff, as we can't really afford to turn food away). I use James Wellbeloved and HiLife personally, GoCat and Whiskas have between 4 and 12% meat depending on what flavour you get - each meat is 4% and you get between 2 and 3 meats, but cereal is the top of the list, so it will be equal or higher - and i bet higher. If you can only get food from the supermarket, Purina One and Olli are better - Ollie being the better of the two, but i have found that some cats wont eat it by itself - it is the highest meat content I have found, but I have to mix it, so not worth spending my money on. Purina One has about 16% meat, not as good as some, but rice is the first ingredient and another 16%, so at least it is rice and not cereal, and not an unknown quantitiy. They are all a lot more expensive than Go Cat and Whiskas, but it is worth paying for them imo.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you , I am not feeding my babies that !!!!! been doing my homework !!!got lots of samples on the way !! thinking royal canin or iams , purina one , will see what my babies like best !! will try to cut wet food down to evening meal due to stool sticking !!!! do you think thats acceptable ??????? or twice a day but smaller amounts ???

look forward to your knowledgable replys !!!!

julia and kittys
post #10 of 14
i personally wouldn't feed RC or Iams - RC doesn't state the percentage of meat they use, and I prefer to know that, and Iams is cos of the debate about the company's practices - if you do a search on here, you will find info, and can read it and decide for yourself. Obv the main thing is that they will eat it and you can afford it though. I personally feed two wet meals and one dry, but it is up to you, and I would prefer slightly softer stools than hard ones.
post #11 of 14
What wet food are you feeding? If the stools are soft maybe you just need to try a different brand of wet food.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
whiskers tinned in jelly !!
post #13 of 14
we're in the uk & would never feed our babies Go Cat. They are on Whiskas kitten just now. Please don't use Iams, they test their products on animals in a most disgusting way & people should NOT be endorsing this-& if you're buying any of Iams products, you most certainly are.
post #14 of 14
Whiskas seems to be a fairly common culprit in the smelly farts/smelly and/or runny poos scenario! Mosi didn't do well on whiskas kitten (I had a couple of kitten packs) and I've heard of a few people having probs with it. Perhaps try a different wet food to see if it makes a difference with the loose stools.
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